Arts enthusiasts ready for plaza celebration
By Mara Stine
The Gresham Outlook, Jun 3, 2009
"Local patrons of the arts will be kicking up their heels this weekend in celebration of the city’s new Center for the Arts Plaza.
A grand opening for the plaza, located between Northeast Second and Third streets and Hood and Kelly avenues, starts at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 6. Free musical performances and family activities are scheduled throughout the day and into the evening.
For a complete line up and history of the plaza, see the special section dedicated to the project inserted in this issue of The Outlook.
Funded through a partnership between the Center for the Arts Foundation and Gresham, the $2.3 million plaza is designed to showcase local performers and provide East County residents a central gathering space.
“The plaza is a unique opportunity for our citizens and visitors to not only enjoy art and cultural events, but also have community gatherings and picnics while enjoying this beautiful outdoor ‘living room’ in the heart of Gresham,” said Gresham City Councilor Carol Nielsen-Hood.
The Center for the Arts Plaza is on a 2-acre parcel donated to the city by the Fourier-Larson family. It’s centrally located in historic downtown Gresham, just a few blocks east of Main Avenue.
A privately funded Center for the Arts also is planned for the site. The Center for the Arts Foundation is still raising money for the project.
Plaza events will be scheduled year round, and the space is available for private event rental such as weddings."